1. PaulQ's Avatar
    There is no way I am switching to an iPhone but there is one in my household. I couldn't stop it from entering the family. Anyway, the user of that phone never seems to have any issues with battery life and he uses it all day, not for calls though. See question in subject line.
    03-30-2013 04:04 PM
  2. geekymcfly's Avatar
    There is no way I am switching to an iPhone but there is one in my household. I couldn't stop it from entering the family. Anyway, the user of that phone never seems to have any issues with battery life and he uses it all day, not for calls though. See question in subject line.
    Of course they have battery issues. Google battery life issues after 6.0.2 and more recently 6.1.3 is having issues. There isn't anything special about a iphone battery

    Hear no Napoleon, Hear No Snowball. Just hear yelling, over the old ravens whispers
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    03-30-2013 06:20 PM
  3. xKrNMBoYx's Avatar
    Of course they have battery issues. Google battery life issues after 6.0.2 and more recently 6.1.3 is having issues. There isn't anything special about a iphone battery

    Hear no Napoleon, Hear No Snowball. Just hear yelling, over the old ravens whispers
    You're right they do have battery issues that appear after some firmware updates, but the iPhone battery seems to last longer overall compared to the low battery life to any android phone.
    03-30-2013 07:18 PM
  4. Shanghaichica1's Avatar
    Not really but that is because their phones don't do as much as android devices and therefore the battery isn't taxed as much. On android devices apps are always running in the background and widgets are updating themselves etc, you don't have this on the iPhone so the battery life is better.

    Sent from my Galaxy Note using Android Central forums
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    03-30-2013 07:24 PM
  5. androidluvr2's Avatar
    Not really but that is because their phones don't do as much as android devices and therefore the battery isn't taxed as much. On android devices apps are always running in the background and widgets are updating themselves etc, you don't have this on the iPhone so the battery life is better.
    Other issues are that the iPhone typically has a smaller screen so that consumes less battery and there is no OEM skin. And prior to the iPhone 5, no iPhone was a 4G LTE device.
    03-30-2013 07:40 PM
  6. TheLegoman's Avatar
    Battery life issues? Two and soon to be three of my sisters use the iPhone 4S running the latest software, and they haven't been complaining about battery life at all. From what I have observed, the battery life on their iPhones is better than the battery life on my Nexus 4.
    03-30-2013 08:01 PM
  7. androidluvr2's Avatar
    Battery life issues? Two and soon to be three of my sisters use the iPhone 4S running the latest software, and they haven't been complaining about battery life at all. From what I have observed, the battery life on their iPhones is better than the battery life on my Nexus 4.
    What is the difference in screen size and battery size?
    03-30-2013 08:03 PM
  8. TheLegoman's Avatar
    What is the difference in screen size and battery size?
    Nexus 4 Vs. iPhone 4S
    4.7 inch screen vs. 3.5 inch screen
    2100 Mah vs. 1420 Mah

    Yes, I know, the larger screen and all of those goodies suck up the battery.
    03-30-2013 08:13 PM
  9. Soundtrack to Chaos's Avatar
    How about you ask this on the ios section of android central? It does exist you know

    Sent from my SPH-L710 running Liquid Smooth RC2 4.2.2
    03-30-2013 08:13 PM
  10. androidluvr2's Avatar
    Nexus 4 Vs. iPhone 4S
    4.7 inch screen vs. 3.5 inch screen
    2100 Mah vs. 1420 Mah

    Yes, I know, the larger screen and all of those goodies suck up the battery.
    Still, that is a pretty sizable difference in batteries.
    03-30-2013 08:17 PM
  11. PaulQ's Avatar
    It sounds like the screen and LTE are probably the culprits in battery consumption differences. The iPhone in my house is a 4S... no LTE. Much smaller screen than my GS3.

    Thanks for the discussion!
    03-31-2013 01:40 AM
  12. EvilMonkey's Avatar
    In addition to that, Android and iOS handle multitasking completely differently. You can see an example of this by opening up a browser, typing a URL, then immediately (before the page loads) pressing the home button to go back to the home screen. Wait 10 or 20 seconds then go back to the browser.

    On Android, the page will have loaded in the background, while on iOS the page will have stopped loading when you went back to the home screen, and will now continue once you go back to the browser.

    So it's a bit of a trade off...Android actually has 'true' multitasking while iOS only does for some things (like you can play music and do other things, but as you can see above, it doesn't work for everything).
    geekymcfly and AnAndroidDroid like this.
    03-31-2013 09:29 AM
  13. kenyee's Avatar
    It sounds like the screen and LTE are probably the culprits in battery consumption differences. The iPhone in my house is a 4S... no LTE. Much smaller screen than my GS3.
    That's a huge part of it... But they do have problems if you use them heavily.
    A coworker early adopter kept his iPhone in the charger on his desk at work all the time because he ran out of battery by the end of the day without it.... LTE sucks the life out of any phone except the RAZR Maxx...
    03-31-2013 04:50 PM
  14. GrooveRite's Avatar
    Not really but that is because their phones don't do as much as android devices and therefore the battery isn't taxed as much. On android devices apps are always running in the background and widgets are updating themselves etc, you don't have this on the iPhone so the battery life is better.

    Sent from my Galaxy Note using Android Central forums
    Other issues are that the iPhone typically has a smaller screen so that consumes less battery and there is no OEM skin. And prior to the iPhone 5, no iPhone was a 4G LTE device.
    In addition to that, Android and iOS handle multitasking completely differently. You can see an example of this by opening up a browser, typing a URL, then immediately (before the page loads) pressing the home button to go back to the home screen. Wait 10 or 20 seconds then go back to the browser.

    On Android, the page will have loaded in the background, while on iOS the page will have stopped loading when you went back to the home screen, and will now continue once you go back to the browser.

    So it's a bit of a trade off...Android actually has 'true' multitasking while iOS only does for some things (like you can play music and do other things, but as you can see above, it doesn't work for everything).
    Smart posts right here! Take notes people!!
    03-31-2013 08:06 PM
  15. Almeuit's Avatar
    It sounds like the screen and LTE are probably the culprits in battery consumption differences. The iPhone in my house is a 4S... no LTE. Much smaller screen than my GS3.

    Thanks for the discussion!
    That's a huge part of it... But they do have problems if you use them heavily.
    A coworker early adopter kept his iPhone in the charger on his desk at work all the time because he ran out of battery by the end of the day without it.... LTE sucks the life out of any phone except the RAZR Maxx...
    This. Screens and LTE definitely will affect a battery but since it's a iPhone 4S it won't have to worry about the LTE part. As for the person in your house do they heavily use it? If not then their battery will last a long time. If i use my s3 only here and there I can stretch 3 days out of it.. But that's extremely rare because I use my phone alot .

    Sent from my Sprint S3 using AC forums.
    04-01-2013 08:50 AM
  16. paintdrinkingpete's Avatar
    Real life experience...

    Last fall, went to a football game with a group of friends. We left home around 9am and didn't get home until after 7pm, so it was an all day affair. Of the 4 of us, the phones were as follows: 1 Samsung GS3 on Verizon (mine), 2 iPhone 5's, 1 iPhone 4S. To best of my knowledge, all 4 of us started the day with a full battery.

    None us were using our phones very heavily throughout the day, as we were preoccupied with our own tailgate and the football game, but we all were texting here and there, checking fantasy scores and stuff like that. I remember that I was checking my score a lot because I badly needed a win to make the playoffs in my fantasy football league, so I was watching scores closely.

    Long story short, by the end of the day after the game had ended and we were getting ready to drive back home, all 3 of my friends had either dead batteries or <10% remaining. 2 friends had to borrow my phone to call their wives...and were shocked to see that I still had around 50% battery remaining. I even pulled NFL Mobile app on the drive home so we could see the end of the late NFL games.

    It was pretty awesome as this group of guys I was hanging out are all very much pro-iPhone and would joke with me about owning Android...but they weren't laughing when they had to borrow my phone because theirs was dead after a being away from a charger most of the day!
    04-01-2013 12:52 PM
  17. meyerweb#CB's Avatar
    Were they on Verizon, too? If not, different signal strength between their carriers and yours could make a huge difference. I'm no Apple fan (far from it), but I think it's true that, in general iPhones get better battery life than our phones do, under the same conditions. Some of the reasons have been discussed in this thread. I also think that because Apple has much tighter control on both the hardware and software than Google / Samsung do, their hardware and software is better integrated, and better able to optimize use of the hardware.
    04-01-2013 01:31 PM
  18. elvisgp's Avatar
    Actually many of my friends with Iphone 5s complain about battery life to me. They claim that it is horrible and barely lasts throughout the day. Granted these are heavy users. I also have a note 2 so when my battery is still remaining and their iphone dies, it may just be because of the note 2's awesome battery life.
    04-01-2013 02:20 PM
  19. androidluvr2's Avatar
    I also think that because Apple has much tighter control on both the hardware and software than Google / Samsung do, their hardware and software is better integrated, and better able to optimize use of the hardware.
    ITA.
    04-01-2013 02:20 PM
  20. AnAndroidDroid's Avatar
    Not scientific by any means, but I do see my friends with iPhones always scrambling for a charger, whereas those with android phones, not so much. Other than me that is

    Sent from my SGH-I747M using Tapatalk 2
    04-01-2013 02:33 PM
  21. paintdrinkingpete's Avatar
    Were they on Verizon, too? If not, different signal strength between their carriers and yours could make a huge difference. I'm no Apple fan (far from it), but I think it's true that, in general iPhones get better battery life than our phones do, under the same conditions. Some of the reasons have been discussed in this thread. I also think that because Apple has much tighter control on both the hardware and software than Google / Samsung do, their hardware and software is better integrated, and better able to optimize use of the hardware.
    1 iPhone 5 on Verizon, the other 2 were AT&T. FWIW, we all had a strong signal (FedEx Field in Landover, MD).
    04-01-2013 02:36 PM
  22. paintdrinkingpete's Avatar
    Not scientific by any means, but I do see my friends with iPhones always scrambling for a charger, whereas those with android phones, not so much. Other than me that is

    Sent from my SGH-I747M using Tapatalk 2
    Yeah, I think that ultimately it depends on a lot of factors: usage, network coverage in your given area, apps installed and running, # of email accounts syncing, etc... that it's kind of tough to say one platform is better than the other. I, for example, only have GMail accounts on my S3, but when I used to have to sync to my old company's exchange server via the general email app, my battery seemed to drain quicker...and that's just one small example.
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    04-01-2013 02:41 PM
  23. Almeuit's Avatar
    Yeah, I think that ultimately it depends on a lot of factors: usage, network coverage in your given area, apps installed and running, # of email accounts syncing, etc... that it's kind of tough to say one platform is better than the other. I, for example, only have GMail accounts on my S3, but when I used to have to sync to my old company's exchange server via the general email app, my battery seemed to drain quicker...and that's just one small example.
    I <3 this post. Someone who understands lol.

    Sent from my Sprint S3 using AC forums.
    04-01-2013 04:32 PM

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